But the 2008 electorate -- younger, browner, poorer -- isn't who will show up on November 2. Unless something extraordinary changes, the voters will be overwhelmingly old, white, and conservative. There's an emerging majority that doesn't look like that, but it isn't ready to settle in to governing. Economic anxiety kills enthusiasm, as had the Obama bunch's decidedly compromised record in office of playing the insider game with the likes of big banks and BP.
Plouffe is tender with all the usual Obama-ites. I'm sure he loves them, but that's not really interesting. I don't give a damn about (current press secretary) Robert Gibbs or (former chief of staff) Rahm Emmanuel. I'm not reading this for the gossip. And I don't believe a lot of Plouffe's waxing lyrical about loving the Obama volunteers. But the guy has an eye for what is really going on in a political moment.
Usually when reading something like this I don't blog about it until I finish, but this time I won't resist sharing some tidbits as I go along. Here are a few phrases from the introduction, describing what so many felt on election night in 2008.
Yeah, it was a high. And from such a peak, we've crashed hard. We can't expect to live on the peaks forever. Now's the time for sticking with what we believe in (with or without Democratic office holders), defending what gains we can, and building for a different future.